Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel
Reviews - Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Young & Single
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel
We could not have asked for a more pleasant start to a wonderful holiday to Egypt. I would have no hesitations recommending this hotel to anyone.
Very Friendlyfrom MD22
Staff very friendly and helpful, sometimes overbearingly so! Was travelling alone and was 'asked out' several times by the staff! Not threatening at all, nor did it make me nervous, but it was a little much! Also constantly asked at the poolside was I ok. Very nice, but I just wanted to read my book! There are poolside waiting staff and guys who look after towels and the sunbeds. You need to tip frequently...little and often.
Food and drink in the hotel expensive for a country like Egypt...on a par price wise with mid-quality restaurants in England, but mostly not in food. Some ok places on streets outside hotel but be prepared to be hassled by vendors and taxi drivers.
Had a good time in all...sunny and relaxing...with a coupke of interesting excursions thrown in for the culture.
Servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Sonesta St George is Wonderfulfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Our stay was very pleasant with the hotel staff being extremely helpful. The food is lovely as are the rooms. The hotel facilities are hard to beat - a beautiful swimming pool with poolside bar, full health and beauty facilities and restaurants galore (try the japanese restaurant for a real treat)
I would recommend the sonesta st george to anyone wishing to visit luxor - it's an oasis of luxury where you will relax and unwind to your heart's content.
My very own Buckingham Palace!from QueenIsis
Sonesta's very own dinner in the dessert, we have been to many of these evenings as regular visitors to Egypt but this one was by far the best, the food was excellent and the entertainment was some of the best we have seen. Just book at reception.
Laundry, don't bother trying to take all your outfits ironed, as we all know it never works and the linen looks like you never bothered. Use the service from your room, for a few £'s all your clothes come back on hangers like they were in the shop when you bought them.
Sheets and towels are changed daily and there are pool towels so don't bother taking any. for a small tip the towel man has lilo's that have been left behind for you to borrow.
Water is about £1 a bottle but if you buy outside the hotel you can get it for 20p in the local supermarkets in the back streets.
Try the (felluca)sail boat trip to banana island for an afternoon visit, you get a well needed breeze and the island is shaded but best of all, the small sweet banana's are delicious.
Restaurant food in the hotel is good and you can order lunch at the pool side at a fair price however, try The Lantern, walk up the street opposite the water sytation next door to the left of St Joseph's Hotel when you get to the end its on the corner on the right, the food is excellent and you will find it difficult to spend more than £6 a head. Snob's is another good one, but a little futher to walk just ask, every body knows it.
We have been to the Sonesta St George 5 times in 3 years, our next trip is March I can't wait to be treated like royalty again. Lets face it, we all like to feel special once in a while so give it a go, you won't be disappointed.
Feel free to e-mail any questions!
Really great hotel.....from Frostie72
The pool is great and more than big enough for the number of sunbeds. One word of warning for those with small children....the pool has an unusual depth layout and on two occasions while we were there people struggled when venturing into deep water by accident (my other half had to pull out a guy who's kid was in trouble). Keep the kids in the children's pool or the shallow end and you should be ok as there is no lifeguard (although the pool guy's are extremely efficient and were happy to dive in and help).
It is definitely worth paying a little extra for a front view room. The view across the Nile to the Valley of the Kings is superb. The side rooms are ok but your only views will be a bit of the Nile and a sewage works and water tower or a public swimming pool which does get a little noisy in the afternoons (although watching the local kids throw themselves off the highest diving board I've ever seen was quite funny).
The food....well what can I say? It is more expensive than eating outside of the hotel but if you don't expect that then a guest house is probably more for you. The Japanese restaurant (only one in Luxor) is very good, the buffet in Serapis is extensive although a little samey. Beban (Italian) is ok but be careful with literal translations of dishes and remember Egyptians do not eat bacon, ham etc. The best restaurant by far (and the cheapest) is Aladdin where they serve traditional Egyptian fare (kebabs, houmas, mezze etc). Really, really excellent and will cost you around £20 for two (with a LOT of food). The pool bar is also very good, as is Lotus which is located in the lobby area. The hotel also show a movie on the pontoon every night at 9:30pm. Watching "The Mummy" sat next to the Nile is very surreal.
The only thing I would warn about is the price of booze. It can get VERY expensive. A single measure G&T costs £4 and imported lager is around £6 a bottle. Don't even bother with imported wine as it costs around £37 a bottle!!! Egyptian wine is a little strange and slightly chemically. Not to my taste but certainly cheaper. We did find a good bar outside the hotel called Murphy's (yes it's Irish!), which is marginally cheaper and also does good food. Probably best not to sit in the hotel bar all night or you will be broke within days.
All in all a great holiday. The hotel was very good and you cannot beat the monuments and history available to you. Do go on a guided trip to Valley of the Kings (we paid £29 each for a guide for the two of us), as it can get a little disorientating but you can do Karnak in a morning on your own quite easily. Go early morning as by 9:30am it is roasting!
I for one would definitely go back to the Sonesta if I ever stay in Luxor again.
Fantastic servicefrom gazza0904
The food in the many restaurants was always well presented and hot on arrival. It was also very well priced for a 5 star hotel the price and the quality was second to none. Rooms were spotless and airy but if you have a roadside room they tend to be a bit noisy up till about midnight.
Over all a really good 7 days in the hotel. The only drawback was the amount of carriages and taxis that hasseled you the minute you set foot out of the lobby. Also there were a lot of begging children on the street at night but if you took a hand full of single egypyian pounds (around 10p) it was a pleasure to see their faces all for a pittance for us.
excellent holiday in luxorfrom LFI1957
the pool area is right on the nile, the attendants lead you to comfortable beds with huge sunshades and provide pool towels which was unexpected. drinks flow all day long if you want them and the standand of snacks and meals around the pool is excellent, all the staff are very attentive without being 'in your face' a lady called Nagha is absolutely wonderful, how she is so sweet and cheerful everyday,all day in that heat is amazing.
the sights and sounds around luxor are amazing,everyone is friendly they smile and make jokes even if you are not buying anything. the caleche and taxi drivers do hassle you all the time but just say 'la shukran' no thank you with a smile and once you done this 100's of times it becomes second nature, we felt we were being rude at first but after a few days it didn't bother us too much. do not pay more than 20EL for any journey within luxor, sometimes we only paid 15 for 5 of us.
we enjoyed many good dinners in the local resturants, never paying more than 50EL each including drinks and that always included steaks,fish even pidgeon(its very good) the Merhaba is next to luxor temple with great views over the temple and the nile over to the west bank. we then walked into town and found the real local market we were the only tourists there but felt very safe wherever we went, the police and tourist police are about but unobtrusive.
speaking with other tourists who were not staying at the sonesta its clear that although not a 5 star hotel it seems to be the best hotel in luxor, even people who had stayed at all of the other top hotels said the sonesta was better by far. i would recommend sonesta st george and luxor but do go out and explore without tour reps you get to meet the local people if you arrange things yourself, but be prepared for haggling on the highest level .
Loved the Sonestafrom A TripAdvisor Member
As long as you plan your trips well so that you are going out in the early morning or evenings, going to luxor in low season is comfortable.
The service was fantastic, rooms get cleaned twice a day and the cleaniness of the hotel is clearly of a high standard.
There was a very wide range of foods at the buffet every evening, and in addition to the fantastic buffet their is a good choice of other restaurants.
Also, its useful to have lots of small change to hand when you go out as tipping is almost customary whatever you do, and it's nice to have some small change to give to the local's for whatever small service.
Another point is that finding your own transport ie. taxies rather than using transport provided by your travel agent is much cheaper. For instance, from the airport to the Sonesta it should cost you only approx. £8 by taxi
However, always agree a price with the driver before you get into a taxi .
Top Local Tips for Luxor
Local taxi better than tours for families Luxor is hot and there is so much to see, but as we travelled with 11 year old we found it better to use local taxis, do the sites in the morning, not too many in one go and be around the pool for lunch. The going rate for trips over to the West bank to visit Valley of Kings/Queens, Habor etc was £10 sterling. we used Mr Fish who was very good with nice new cars, not all are!. Be aware that all drivers will want to take you to the Alabaster factory and the Papyrus place. Also had a go on a Caleche which is a horse drawn carriage for the experience and if you agree a very specific deal with them beforehand, eg. total price in Sterling including tip, the it is no problem. It was £25 Eygptian pounds back to our hotel from Luxor Museum.
Private taxi We hired Tayeb Omran via his website for several days and although he drives the usual 30 year old battered Peugeot we found him very reasonable, dependable and honest, He didnt hassle us and even took us to his home for lunch one day I thoroughly recommend him and would rather pay a local to take us about than the big tour operators
Be careful on the streets! It is common to attract a lot of attention being a tourist in Luxor, It is advisable to take perhaps some pencils and hairbands for the children on the streets as they expect a gift in return for visiting their home town! Also if you miss your Englisg grub, definately pay a visit to 7 Days 7 Ways on the main street.
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- Address: Middle Eat Regional Sales Office, 120 Al Thawra Street - Luxor - Egypt
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